friday finds.
by victoria comment

3/20/20

modern abstract painting by ash holmes. / sfgirlbybay

hi friends, how are you holding up? my emotions go in waves — from calm to a kind of frustrated despair. i think these are natural feelings and i’m just grateful the despair doesn’t linger. if you are feeling similarly, please do reach out to friends and family — i’ve found a quick phone call or facetime with supportive people can really rally my spirits. i’m going to share something a little different on this week’s friday finds — i want to try and help support all kinds of small businesses, so this week i thought i’d share a few ideas, as well as some independent sellers that you can order online from and help to keep them afloat while their brick and mortar shops are closed. we’re all in this together, so my goal is helping those in need right now. stay healthy and please consider how you might help others in this unprecedented time. it’s on all of us to do our very best, even if it’s just a shoulder to lean on. and, if you have any more suggestions for helping others right now, by all means, please leave them in the comments below. thanks!

xo, victoria

  1. it’s an excellent time to support artists like ash holmes. there are so many struggling artists and now is a really difficult time for them, too. they survive through selling their art, so if you’re in a position to support them, please do. there are quite a few small online galleries like tappan collective, poster cabaret, artfully walls, 20×200, and spacey studios and of course etsy that support independent artists.
  2. small publishers are taking a hit right now, too. it takes a lot of time, blood sweat and tears to put out a printed magazine for us to enjoy and if you can now would be a good time to subscribe. it will give you some endless inspiration, something wonderful to read while we’re stuck at home and help these hardworking publishers to thrive. consider 91 magazine, cereal, milk decoration, cherry bombe, and kinfolk just to name a few.
  3. if you’re able, you might consider shopping for holiday presents now. all small businesses like three potato four, yolk and simple laguna could use that cash flow right now, so what better time than right now to get way ahead of the curve. or, make some gifts — shopping online for creative projects from suppliers on etsy fabric and trim shops, art supply stores — they can all use our support, too.
  4. booksellers, small bookshops, publishers and writers need our support right now too. not a lot of us are heading out to bookstores, and there are loads of new books being launched that are unable to do book tours right now. so you might consider ordering from your local, small bookshops — some new books i’ve recently ordered are: jen gotch’s the upside of being down; Amy Azzarito’s wonderful The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks; and Judith De Graaff and Igor Josifovic’s new Plant Tribe: living happily ever after with plants.
  5. elsie green is my super marché partner, but also one of my very favorite vintage shops, and has been long before we ever collaborated. they’ve got the best online vintage french finds around, and right now they’re offering 20% off your entire order with the discount code “shopsmall” as a way to thank their customers for the support to their small business over these last few days.
  6. today might be a nice time to get yourself a weighted blanket. i gifted myself one from sheltered co. when i moved and it not only looks pretty on the back of my sofa, i’ve been under it for days now (i am right now as i write this) and somehow it magically does calm my nerves and make me feel more at ease. their blankets hand-woven, and they’re making them for us as fast as they can, but so worth the wait of the weight (get it?).
  7. there are also lots and lots of local makers that need our support. like block shop textiles — need a new robe for all this lounging about? they’ve got you covered. they’ve created beautiful homewares and art prints, too so have a look. never hurts to spruce up our spaces while we’re being homebodies.
  8. check your local small grocers and specialty shops, like cookbook. a lot of their physical shops may be closed, but they may be using delivery services like postmates and caviar to get their goods to you. a lot of local restaurants and shops are also offering curbside delivery to your car. or, consider buying an online gift certificate to use later when they re-open or for someone in need right now. keeping them afloat with our support now is crucial to our neighborhoods’ long term well-being.

flatlay photograph of 91 magazine and colorful patterned textiles. / sfgirlbybay

colorful photograph of woman wearing sheer green blouse with lemons in the sleeve in front of pink sheer curtains. / sfgirlbybay

Judith De Graaff and Igor Josifovic's new Plant Tribe: living happily ever after with plants. / sfgirlbybay

wood shelves with elsie green vintage french finds on display. / sfgirlbybay

sheltered co. weighted crocheted blanket in white. / sfgirlbybay

dotted linen robe by blockshop textiles. / sfgirlbybay

fruit for sale inside boutique grocer cookbook market in los angeles, california. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: botanica.
by victoria comment

3/20/20

modern interior of botanica restaurant in los angeles' silver lake neighborhood. / sfgirlbybay

i wasn’t certain if i should put together a wear this there this week since we’re not supposed to really go anywhere, but then i thought that we all need places to look forward to visiting, and i could also share some places that are providing take-out during our social distancing. botanica in silver lake is just one of those lovely places you should put on your list of cafes to dine when this all ends. it’s healthy, it’s charming and bright, cheerful and full of good vibes. and if you’re in the L.A. area they are currently offering prepared foods, coffee, wine and bakery provisions. you can call for take-out or order through caviar (and you can request a no-contact delivery). and if you want to help support this small restaurant right now, you can order gift certificates – either for yourself to use at a later date, or for a family in need. for updates follow them @botanicafood. so when we head back out into the world (or even just to pick-up our take-out) let’s embrace our inner healthy hippie with a great tie-dye tee, our favorite faded bluejeans, some sweet looking converse high tops and the perfect tote bag for picking up healthy provisions. i think you might like taking a listen to this particular goop podcast: GWYNETH PALTROW with musician JHENÉ AIKO: WHAT WE TURN TO IN TIMES OF GRIEF — it made me feel better. please stay safe and healthy one and all.

built-in concrete dining banquette at botanica restaurant in silver lake neighborhood of los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there outfit idea inspired by botanic restaurant in silver lake neighborhood of los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: Madewell x Hedley & Bennett Chore Coat; lacausa Longsleeve tie-dye Crewneck; madewell Perfect Vintage Jean in Rosabelle Wash: Comfort Stretch Edition; Le Specs Rocky Sunglasses; PAMELA MUNSON Petite Isla Bahia tote Bag; Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm; listen to goop podcast GWYNETH PALTROW with JHENÉ AIKO: WHAT WE TURN TO IN TIMES OF GRIEF; Sundays Nail Polish No. 46; madewell Large Zip Pouch in Colorblock Gingham; Converse Chuck 70 Hi Tops in Tri-Panel Shearling; cos SMALL PRINTED SILK SCARF.

modern interior of botanica restaurant in los angeles, california. / sfgirlbybay

market produce and wine for sale inside botanica restaurant in los angeles, california. / sfgirlbybay

woven lighting fixtures over sawhorse table with market goods inside botanica restaurant in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

dreamy modern interior of botanica restaurant in silver lake neighborhood of los angeles, california. / sfgirlbybay

rustic modern interior of botanica restaurant in los angeles, california. / sfgirlbybay

neon logo hung above the bar at botanica restaurant and market in los angeles, california. / sfgirlbybay

modern interior of botanica restaurant in los angeles, california. / sfgirlbybay

concrete and wood built-in dining banquette with white bentwood dining chairs and terracotta potted plants on patio of botanica restaurant in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

blue exterior of botanica market and restaurant with hand-painted logo in los angeles, california. / sfgirlbybay

a little something old school.
by victoria comment

3/19/20

colorful jigsaw puzzle featuring beautiful architecture. / sfgirlbybay

i have always loved a jigsaw puzzle. and what better time to while away our hours with a little mental hopscotch, putting together an old school jigsaw puzzle? but these puzzles are bright and fresh — not your average jigsaw. i keep seeing these sweet looking puzzles pop up on instagram and i thought i’d share a few that really look fun. and, they’re almost good enough to frame, no? here’s to happily occupying our minds while we’re at home and having a little fun while doing it. I’ve linked to the puzzles in order of appearance at the bottom of this post, or simply click on the image for a direct link. Happy puzzling!

modern jigsaw puzzle with colorful artwork. / sfgirlbybay

jigsaw puzzle with colorful plant artwork. / sfgirlbybay

modern jigsaw puzzle with colorful animal artwork. / sfgirlbybay

colorful modern puzzle with architectural artwork by slowdown studio. / sfgirlbybay

jiggy puzzles boobs 450 piece jigsaw puzzle. / sfgirlbybay

jiggy puzzles Bathing with Flowers 800 piece jigsaw puzzle. / sfgirlbybay

modern jigsaw puzzle with plant art by jiggy puzzles. / sfgirlbybay

jigsaw puzzle with vintage cactus art. / sfgirlbybay

modern jigsaw puzzle with crystals artwork. / sfgirlbybay

modern jigsaw puzzle with colorful plant artwork. / sfgirlbybay

• Puzzles in order of appearance, or just click on the image for a direct link: slowdown studio CHARLIE BENNELL Yoro Park 285 piece jigsaw Puzzle; galison love lives here 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle; jiggy puzzles Bathing with Flowers 800 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle; Charley Harper Tree of Life 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle; slowdown studio CHARLIE BENNELL La Muralla Roja 285 piece jigsaw Puzzle; jiggy puzzles boobs 450 piece jigsaw puzzle; jiggy puzzles Bathing with Flowers 800 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle; jiggy puzzles Bathing with Flowers 800 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle; New York Puzzle Company Vintage Images Cacti 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle; Galison Rainbow Crystals 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle; Galison Houseplant Jungle 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle.

good reads: fox & june.
by victoria comment

3/18/20

whitewashed bedroom with modern art and neutral furnishings and decor. / sfgirlbybay

i love discovering new blogs, and this one is a beauty — and brand new, at least to me. this is fox & june run by creative due Francisca and Joana, who share some beautiful home tours and other inspiring design ideas. this particular home captured my attention because right now while the world is feeling a little dark and unpredictable it’s full of bright, beautiful natural light — something we could all use a lot of right now. it’s the serene and artistic home of home of carolina flores a web designer and painter. her home made me feel calm when i quite honestly was feeling anything but. i hope you enjoy it, too and for the full tour visit fox & june and you can follow artist carolina flores here on instagram.

white bedroom with modern wall art and orange cat on white bed via fox & june blog. / sfgirlbybay

modern white bedroom with colorful books stacked on side table via fox & june blog. / sfgirlbybay

modern neutral home decor via fox & june blog. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring bohemian modern home tour via fox & june blog. / sfgirlbybay

vintage white dresser and herringbone wood floors in modern home via fox & june blog. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom with mostly white furnishings and decor. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern home tour via fox & june blog. / sfgirlbybay

side table with stack of magazines with colorful spines. / sfgirlbybay

modern graphic art print leaned on bench with books and art objects. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed modern home featured on fox & june blog. / sfgirlbybay

modern art in simple wood frames on white picture rail via fox & june blog. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed bedroom with modern art leaned against white wall. / sfgirlbybay

small kitchen with fruit artwork via fox & june blog. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of fox & june.

a good time to get inspired.
by victoria comment

3/17/20

journal collages for design and decor inspiration by blogger victoria smith. / sfgirlbybay

hello, friends! i don’t want to go overboard suggesting what you might like to do while we’re social distancing and staying at home, but i do think there are some things that we can be doing that are fun, good for our soul and will keep us inspired and entertained. i imagine, too, if you’ve got kids at home that it may become even more challenging to carve out time for yourself, when you’re busy caring for them, keeping them safe, and also entertained and educated. but this might be something you can do together. and that’s creating inspirational mood boards or even journals — which is what i do since i don’t have a lot of space like i used to.

magazine clippings glued onto journal pages for inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

regardless of how you choose to create your inspiration, i’ll bet if you’re like me you have stacks and stacks of old magazines wasting away in a pile somewhere, so it’s a great rainy day project of mine to pull images, decorating and fashion ideas and quotes that inspire me from my old magazines and cut and paste them using a glue stick into design journals (see above) — i like to use these sketchbooks because they’re large and have big blank white pages. you can create a wall, a bulletin board or a journal like these of what’s inspiring you, or create a visual mood board of something you’d like to accomplish, a trip you’d like to take, cooking and self-care ideas — the options are pretty endless. and, if you don’t have these tools on hand, there’s always pinterest where you can create a digital mood board. i’ve got tons of public and private boards where i create inspiration for myself every day. here are some my inspirational journals and some other mood board ideas that are inspiring me right now (and I have a pinboard dedicated just to inspiration boards if you’d like to see more!). have fun getting creative!

inspiring images clipped from magazines and glued into journal with blank pages. / sfgirlbybay

feminine mood board on white wall hung above desk with pink peony floral arrangement. / sfgirlbybay

inspiration wall mood board featuring art and magazine clippings in chic home office. / sfgirlbybay

colorful mood board with inspiring magazine clippings and art prints taped to the wall. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern creative space with collage of black and white photographs on white wall. / sfgirlbybay

inspiration board with magazine clippings over vintage radiator with floral arrangement and candles. / sfgirlbybay

mixed media inspiration board in creative space. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed room with inspiring images neatly taped to the wall. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring art prints and photographs washi taped to home office wall. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed home with inspirational art prints hung on the wall. / sfgirlbybay

colorful collage of art, photographs and magazine clippings. / sfgirlbybay

home office with cork wall mood board of art prints and magazine clippings. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring magazine clippings and photographs taped to the wall. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: sfgirlbybay journals; domino; wit & delight; domino; @cleoscheulderman; just be kind; milk decoration; mirella bruno; yvonne rock photo; vee*; sfgirlbybay journals; domino; @kawa_heart_studio .